Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Walter Greiner's Theoretical Physics

Walter Greiner's "Theoretical Physics: Text & Exercise Books" is slowly becoming a classic series in the vein of Sommerfeld's "Lectures" or Landau & Lifshitz's "Course." His books cover a lot of modern topics with a heavy emphasis on Quantum Mechanics (QM) & Quantum Field Theory (QFT). Two outstanding features of his books are the many worked out exercises and historical/biographical notes. The original version (in German) of this series is already legendary in Europe. So far, 13 of the 15 books in the original series have been prepared for English speaking audiences. Note, however, that the English translations lag behind the German editions by several years! Reviews of the translation itself have generally been negative, whereas the pedagogical style has received high marks. His books do not have a bibliography, however, some references are given in situ. The original series had 11 core books and 4 "A"-label advanced topics/special chapter books. Around 1990, the first English set of "Theoretical Physics" was published. Only 5 volumes covering QM & QFT were published at that point. Since then, Springer has added 4 more volumes to English series. In the late 90's, the classical physics books were given their own series ("Classical Theoretical Physics"), but they lacked the "Contents of Examples & Exercises" that were common to the "Theoretical Physics" series. All of the English series books have essentially the same forward by D. Allan Bromley written in 1989.

Theoretische Physik (Theoretical Physics - the original series)
  1. Band 1, Klassische Mechanik I, Kinematik und Dynamik der Punktteilchen - Relativität
    Volume 1, Classical Mechanics I, Kinematics & Dynamics of Point Particles and Relativity
    8th Ed. (2007), amazon.de
  2. Band 2, Klassische Mechanik II, Teilchensysteme - Lagrange-Hamiltonsche Dynamik
    Volume 2, C.M. II, Systems of Particles and Lagrangian & Hamiltonian Dynamics
    8th Ed. (2008), amazon.de
  3. Band 2A, Hydrodynamik
    Volume 2A, Hydrodynamics (Fluid Mechanics)
    w/ Horst Stock, 4th Ed. (1991), amazon.de
  4. Band 3, Klassische Elektrodynamik
    Volume 3, Classical Electrodynamics
    7th Ed. (2008), amazon.de
  5. Band 3A, Spezielle Relativitätstheorie
    Volume 3A, Special Theory of Relativity
    w/ Johann Rafelski, 3rd Ed. (1992), amazon.de
  6. Band 4, Quantenmechanik, Einführung
    Volume 4, Quantum Mechanics, Introduction
    6th Ed. (2005), amazon.de
  7. Band 4A, Quantentheorie: Spezielle Kapitel
    Volume 4A, Quantum Theory, Special Chapters
    4th Ed. (1993), amazon.de
  8. Band 5, Quantenmechanik: Symmetrien
    Volume 5, Quantum Mechanics, Symmetries
    w/ Berndt Müller, 4th Ed. (2005), amazon.de
  9. Band 6, Relativistische Quantenmechanik, Wellengleichungen
    Volume 6, Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, Wave Equations
    2nd Ed. (1999), amazon.de
  10. Band 7, Quantenelektrodynamik
    Volume 7, Quantum Electrodynamics
    w/ Joachim Reinhardt, 2nd Ed. (1995), amazon.de
  11. Band 7A, Feldquantisierung
    Volume 7A, Field Quantization
    w/ Joachim Reinhardt, 1st Ed. (1993), amazon.de
  12. Band 8, Eichtheorie der schwachen Wechselwirkung
    Volume 8, Gauge Theory of Weak Interactions
    w/ Berndt Müller, 2nd Ed. (1994), amazon.de
  13. Band 9, Thermodynamik und Statistische Mechanik
    Volume 9, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
    w/ Ludwig Neise & Horst Stöcker, 2nd Ed. (1993), amazon.de
  14. Band 10, Quantenchromodynamik
    Volume 10, Quantum Chromodynamics
    w/ Andreas Schäfer, ? Ed. (2003), amazon.de
  15. Band 11, Kernmodelle
    Volume 11, Nuclear Models
    w/ Joachim Maruhn, 1st Ed. (1995), amazon.de
Classical Theoretical Physics - English Series
  1. Classical Mechanics, Point Particles and Relativity (amazon)
    1st English Ed. (2004), trans. from (?) 5th Ed. (1989)
  2. Classical Mechanics, Systems of Particles and Hamiltonian Dynamics
    1st English Ed. (2003), trans. from 5th Ed. (1989)
  3. Classical Electrodynamics
    1st English Ed. (1998), trans. from 5th Ed. (1991)
  4. Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics
    w/ Ludwig Neise & Horst Stöcker, 1st English Ed. (1995), trans. from 1st Ed. (1987)
Theoretical Physics - English Series
(note this warning on the cheap reprints from amazon)
  1. Quantum Mechanics, An Introduction
    4th English Ed. (2001), trans. from (?) 4th Ed. (1989)
    (cheap reprint (2008)? on amazon)
    originally: Theoretical Physics 1, QM, Int, 1st English Ed. (1989)
  2. Quantum Mechanics, Special Chapters
    1st English Ed. (1998), trans. from (?) 3rd Ed. (1989)
  3. Quantum Mechanics, Symmetries
    w/ Berndt Müller, 2nd English Ed. (2004), trans. from (?) 2nd Ed. (1990)
    (cheap reprint (2008)? on amazon)
    originally: Theoretical Physics 2, QM, Sym, 1st English Ed. (1989)
  4. Relativistic Quantum Mechanics, Wave Equations
    3rd English Ed. (2000), trans. from 2nd Ed. (1987)
    originally: Theoretical Physics 3, QM, Relativistic Wave Equations, 1st English Ed. (1990)
    chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 12, & 13 are nearly identical to chapters 2, 4, & 5 in:
    Quantum Electrodynamics of Strong Fields

    w/ Berndt Müller & Johann Rafelski, 2nd Ed. (1985)
  5. Field Quantization
    w/ Joachim Reinhardt, 1st English Ed. (1996), trans. from 1st Ed. (1993)
    (cheap reprint (2008)? on amazon)
  6. Quantum Electrodynamics
    w/ Joachim Reinhardt, 4th English Ed. (2009), trans. from 2nd Ed. (1995)
    originally: Theoretical Physics 4, QED, 1st English Ed. (1992)
  7. Quantum Chromodynamics
    w/ Stefan Schramm & Eckart Stein, 3rd English Ed. (2007), trans. from ? Ed. (1989)
  8. Nuclear Models
    w/ Joachim A. Maruhn, 1st English Ed. (1996), trans. from 1st Ed. (1995)
    appears to be an update to the three volume Nuclear Theory w/ Judah M. Eisenberg:
    Volume 1, Nuclear Models
    (1975)
    Volume 2, Excitation Mechanisms of the Nucleus
    (1976)
    Volume 3, Microscopic Theory of the Nucleus
    (1975)
  9. Gauge Theory of Weak Interactions
    w/ Berndt Müller, 3rd English Ed. (2000), trans. from 1st Ed. (1986)
    (4th English Ed. (2009) on amazon)
    originally: Theoretical Physics 5, GToWI, 1st English Ed. (1993)

3 comments:

Chingiz said...

thank U for posting!

It's interesting to me why Greiner does not include general relativity to his Course.

and
How do you think is it hard to study group theory with "Quantum mechanics. Symmetries." ?

Could you advise me some good books on group theory for physicists?

andy.s said...

FYI, there's an article in a students physics blog that has a good discussion of QFT texts. Greiner gets a mention.

See http://fliptomato.wordpress.com/2006/12/30/from-griffiths-to-peskin-a-lit-review-for-beginners/

bookphysics said...

yeah, that was a good blog and i have linked to it in the past (regarding studying for the GRE i think). when i get around to listing QFT books, they will certainly get a shout out again. thanks for the tip!